I never dreamed that I would find myself so familiar with death as a pastor. I studied theology in seminary, and learned about expositing a text and church leadership. However, I don’t remember reading a book about what to do when visiting someone on their deathbed. Looking back over the past seven years as a pastor, I’m astonished at how many times I’ve found myself in that exact position. Along the way, I’ve seen firsthand how uncomfortable with death we are as a society. Most people don’t know what to do or say in those moments, and so they call for a pastor.
The Passionate Prince begins with an introductory study of authorship and canonicity where Balsley addresses these important questions. He then turns his attention to the issue of interpretation. He discusses the allegorical, literal, and typical (didactic moral) understandings of the book, eventually commending the literal approach.
We did it again. We elected a sinner. When are we going to learn? In fact we elected 435 sinners out of 435 seats in the House of Representatives. And a bunch of Sin-ators. You get the point?
According to Daniel 4:25, “the Most High is sovereign over all kingdoms on earth and gives them to anyone He wishes.” God raises up earth’s leaders, including those in the USA, which means He puts sinners in places of leadership. Some are aggressively hostile against Him and goodness, some are humble, faithful. Most (?) are somewhere in between.
There is a direct correlation between this small story from Ricky’s life and your life as a Christian: You need a purpose for living. This need is not limited to you as an individual, but extends corporately to the church as a whole, including your local body. The good news is that you have been given this purpose by God himself.
This is one of those books that is truly hard to put down! It is the story of Mark and Linda’s call to Little Rock to serve at Fellowship Bible Church. While he enjoyed his ministry at Fellowship Bible, Mark began to notice that while Little Rock has a very multi-ethnic population, the church he served was predominately Caucasian (white).